GOP Offers 'Compromise' State Budget with Familiar Reforms

GOP Offers 'Compromise' State Budget with Familiar Reforms

Illinois Republicans have presented what they're calling a "compromise" budget and reform plan to end the state's almost three-year budget impasse.

Democrats said they've already considered and passed several of the reforms Republicans are requesting.

Part of the plan includes two bills that have already passed the Senate, pension reform and government consolidation - with changes made to strengthen and improve the previous local government consolidation proposal.

The new fiscal year starts July 1. The House adjourned May 31 without considering it. We are putting on paper what the Democrat majority said they needed in the meeting.

"We must act now to pass a negotiated, comprehensive balanced budget with reforms to change the status quo of how we operate in IL and to boost our struggling economy", Durkin said in Chicago.

"We are trying, the governor is trying, to bring resolution to the problem we have in the state of IL", said House Republican leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs. With the budget, Republicans called for unspecified cuts of $5 billion and an annual four-year spending cap of $36 billion.

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The Republicans' proposal includes some of the same ideas that were sticking points for Democrats, including the length of a property tax freeze and how much to raise income taxes.

Democrats said bipartisan agreement was needed to dig IL out of the mess.

Senate President John Cullerton's spokesman John Patterson argued that senators put together their budget based on Rauner's requirements and it remained a viable option.

Illinois House and Senate Republicans gathered in Chicago Wednesday to talk about the path forward on the state budget crisis. He said he'd review Republican plans once they're filed as legislation. "But a Republicans-only, mid-June news conference doesn't exactly scream bipartisan compromise".

Durkin says it's now up to House Speaker Michael Madigan to take the next steps.

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